Charlie Murphy, who co-wrote some of the movies starring his younger brother Eddie Murphy, died today from leukemia, TMZ.com reports.
Murphy, who was a successful comedian in his own right, died this morning in a New York City hospital, the story reports. He was 57.
“He’d been going undergoing chemotherapy. Family members tell us they’re absolutely shocked because they thought he was getting better,” TMZ reports.
Charlie Murphy was a co-star on Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central sketch series “Chappelle’s Show,” appearing in memorable bits including opposite Chappelle’s Rick James. Murphy’s Rick James story is examined in the clip below.
He also had his own series, “Charlie Murphy’s Crash Comedy,” on Crackle. Murphy co-wrote films including “Norbit” and “Vampire in Brooklyn,” and co-starred in the TV series “Are We There Yet? and “Black Jesus,” among others. He did voice work on a number of TV shows, including “The Boondocks,” “Thugaboo” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
He recently toured as part of “The Comedy Get Down” with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley.
Here’s a clip that may or may not shed light on the Charlie Murphy-Rick James-Dave Chappelle connection …